Category: Spartans

Centurions’ 1st Birthday

Chester’s largest LGBT Sports Group, the Chester Centurions RUFC celebrated its 1st birthday on 23rd September with their very first competitive league match in the new IGR UK League Championship played on Saturday 29th.

Scoring two tries and a conversion, the team that now boasts over 45 permanent members ultimately lost to Yorkshire’s experienced and powerful Leed’s Hunters.

Results

TeamTriesConversionsBPPointsOutcome
Centurions2112Loss
Hunters183Win

Brotherhood

Commenting on Facebook, Adam Prankard, PR for Centurions said, “What a great birthday for Chester Centurions RUFC. We played our first IGR International Gay Rugby league match. This was our first home game. This year has been a great year!  We have not only become team members but also a brotherhood.”

The club was established following the Spirit of IGR Summer Recruitment Campaign that sent volunteer hit squads to various Pride events across England to raise awareness of inclusive rugby and encourage members of the LGBT community and their straight allies to “Fear Less. Give Rugby a Try”.

Chester Pride on 19th August 2017 uncovered a healthy level of interest in rugby across the University city and enabled the very first open training session to take place on 23rd September 2017.

Volunteers handing out leaflets and chatting at Pride included Dan Cumblidge (then) from the Birmingham Bulls who is now the Centurions’ Club Captain and players from Liverpool Tritons and Manchester Village Spartans.

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Glasgow v Spartans in epic match

A sporting congratulations to the Manchester Village Spartans RFC for their victory was extended by the Glasgow Alphas after their first home match within the new IGR UK League Championship. The final score was 69-10 to the away team but Alphas played a very aggressive game and kept their spirits high.

Commenting that it was their first game of the season, they spoke of the fantastic experience setting a benchmark for their season ahead.

The two teams later enjoyed a great night out in Glasgow.

Result here

Dean Bee at Twickenham for Award finals

Dean Bee, Chairman of Manchester Village Spartans RUFC based in Sale, Manchester, was recently awarded a Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Regional Awards for his volunteer rugby work and dedication to the game.

Having won the Cheshire RFU region title, he travelled down to Twickenham on the 7th September for the National Final.

The awards are part of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme which provides grassroots rugby clubs and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up such an integral part of the game.

Dean was nominated for his work with the RFU, Spirit of Rugby and International Gay Rugby in driving recruitment into gay and inclusive rugby across England – leading to the creation of three new clubs and a total of 290 full, paying members.

The local event was held at Gallaghers of Warrington on Thursday 14th June.

As well as the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards, the programme offers a number of opportunities to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who give back to grassroots rugby, week in, week out.

Find out more about how you can show your appreciation for a volunteer in your rugby community by visiting www.englandrugby.com/mitsubishivolunteers.